Coleraine Mayor David Barbour has praised the army of unsung heroes who help make the North West 200 a £6million money-spinner for the north coast economy.
As the event launched a campaign to recruit and train more volunteers for next year's North West, Mayor Barbour acknolwledged: "The tens of thousands who come to the North West 200 and the millions watching on television and internet around the world rightly focus on the riders and their skills, which is what the event is all about.
"But it could not happen without the efforts behind the scenes of the hundreds of volunteers whose dedication and support is invaluable.
"The organising Coleraine and District Motor Club must be congratulated for their achievements, and I thank Mervyn Whyte MBE, clerk of the course, for continuing to make this event bigger and better each year it continues.
"Many of our Council staff work in partnership with the volunteers and those involved in organising race day, to ensure the smallest of detail is cover”ed.
Many months of meetings take place to discuss the support provided, to ensure the health and well being of those in the area during this time.
"Council staff maintain security barriers, additional bins, food and hygiene certificates, along with any health and safety issues.
"This area is proud to host and welcome the North West as a major family event and we also acknowledge the co-operation of the residents who live on the course."
Mayor Barbour praised, too, the business support for the event, adding: "I personally wish to thank the businesses which have come on board this year with their support in financial sponsorship, especially in such difficult economic times.
"Coke Zero, the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, along with all other sponsors have been particularly welcome.
"Most of all, I especially thank the Kennedy Group, a local firm with a family history of local and regional employment levels, for continuing to support events such as the North West 200.
"They provide financial and hands-on personal support throughout the promotion and run-up to the event.
"The North West is certainly a leader in its field.
"My message to everyone is to enjoy the event, support the riders and those involved, and please continue to keep safe and drive safe."